Nathan Marcuvitz was born on December 29, 1913 in Brooklyn, New York. He was an electrical engineer, physicist, and teacher, who worked within the areas of microwave and electromagnetic theory. He is regarded as one of the pioneers in the development of microwave technology. In addition to heading the experimental group of the MIT Radiation Laboratory, Marcuvits also authored several publications. His most notable publication was the Waveguide Handbook, published in 1951. This became one of the foundational texts within the then emerging field of microwave technology. Marcuvitz also contributed to electromagnetic theory, most notably with his explanation of leaky waves.
Marcuvitz received several awards and honors, including the 1989 IEEE Heinrich Hertz Medal. He died on February 14, 2010 in Naples, Florida.